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Tree trunk spider II

Tree trunk spider II
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-16 8:43
Viewed: 3139
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last month I presented an image of the Tree Trunk Spider taken with a flash. The current image was taken in daylight condition without fill in flash.Please see the difference, it is quite substantial!

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Family: Jumping Spiders, Family Salticidae
This spider has fuzzy pedipalps, usually white. The tree trunk spider generally is gray, with flecks of black, white and sometimes reddish hairs. Its color pattern is quite variable. Some individuals have a zebra like look while others appear more uniformly gray.

Habitat and conservation: These flat-bodied jumping spiders are typically found on fenceposts, tree trunks (especially shagbark hickories) and building walls. They often are seen on walls inside houses in late autumn. They are commonly noticed near hickory woodlands.
Foods: Their food items include flies, aphids, moths and other spiders.
Distribution in Missouri: known to occur statewide

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-16 8:49]

Hi George,this is the best camouflage never seen on TN,only thanks to the best focus direct on the spider is possible to see it!Very great work my friend! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-16 9:23]

Hola George.
Great super Macro. High quality level in this photo. Waiting for a prey eh?
TFS Your fine work my friend.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-16 9:29]

Hi Geaorge
This is the great imitation I ever see in the world of insects!
Great quality of the image .
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hi George,

Amazing camouflage. If we could do as good, taking picutres of wild life would be "SMALL BEER" as we say in French (c'est de la petit bière).

Artistically not an impressive image, but scientifically or "documentarily" a very strong and impressive image. As usual technic control is excellent. TFS.


Ciao Geroge. Impressive! Razor details ans excellent sharp. Indeed one of your best.


hello George!
virtually indistinguishable in the eyes for its perfect camouflagle, difficult to capture and read with a lens..good work

thanks sERGIO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-16 13:32]
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Hello George,
An excellent example of camouflage!
The sharpness of this jumping spider helps to show it against a tree trunk that would almost completely conceal it with the colouring.
A fine contribution and thanks for sharing it.
Kind regards,

Where is the spider? I dont see it. An boring foto.

Ciao George, too great camouflage, where is spider?
Fantastic macro very difficult see spider on the trunk, good natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo George,
a fantastic macro shot of an incredible cryptic mimicry of this spider, a spectacular painting, very well done
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-18 7:31]

Hello George,
You need good eyes to see the little spider here, perfectly camouflaged. Interesting photo in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Good composition.

Hola George

Es tan efeicaz el mimetismo, que casi no se ve la araña, un buen POV y perfecta composición.

Un saludo de Antonio

hello George

WOW ! as Luciano wrote :
« this is the best camouflage never seen on TN »,
with superbly focused this spider and excellent
sharpness and of its details, if you don't tell
someone there is a spider over there i think
he would never find it or almost, TFS


Hi George,
You just know how to take a photo of the tiniest spider even if it's one that has such a good camouflage as this one. Stunning. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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